Cooper se­cures fund­ing to fight crime, home­less­ness

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two - — News-Sen­tinel staff

SACRA­MENTO — Yes­ter­day, As­sem­bly­man Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, ap­plauded the pas­sage of the state bud­get, which in­cluded fund­ing that he spear­headed to com­bat crimes against chil­dren, as­sist home­less Cal­i­for­ni­ans and pro­vide re­sources to small busi­nesses.

As a mem­ber of a bud­get sub­com­mit­tee, Cooper led an ef­fort to fund Cal­i­for­nia’s In­ter­net Crimes Against Chil­dren task­force. ICAC’s mis­sion is to help state and lo­cal law en­force­ment agen­cies de­velop an ef­fec­tive re­sponse to tech­nol­ogy-fa­cil­i­tated child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and In­ter­net crimes against chil­dren.

Cooper also se­cured a sig­nif­i­cant amount of fund­ing for Cal­i­for­nia’s Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ters in the bud­get.

“Small busi­nesses are the back­bone of our econ­omy and (Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cen­ters) pro­vide vi­tal re­sources to our cur­rent and fu­ture busi­ness lead­ers,” he said.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state bud­get for the 2017-18 fis­cal year on Tues­day.

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